Not the Life It Seems: The True Lives of My Chemical Romance

Not the Life It Seems: The True Lives of My Chemical Romance

by Tom Bryant

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Overview

My Chemical Romance is the most significant band in alternative rock in the last decade. Inspirational, original, and stunningly creative, they forged an extraordinary connection with their fans. Not the Life It Seems: The True Lives of My Chemical Romance is their definitive biography.

Author Tom Bryant has been given unparalleled access to the band over the years, and now he draws on interviews with Gerard Way, his brother Mikey, Ray Toro, and Frank Iero, as well as friends and associates, to bring their stories to life. In this unauthorized biography, he takes us behind the scenes from their very first show in front of thirty kids in New Jersey-the Ways downing beer to calm their nerves-to international arena-storming superstardom. He sheds light on the personal demons the bandmates battled and the haunted recording sessions that resulted in the brilliance of The Black Parade. He also explores the genesis of their music, the constant reinvention that culminated in the visual splendor of Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and the strains that led to their split in 2013.

Insightful and revealing, Not the Life It Seems presents one of the most adored rock bands of this century, their story an epic saga of self-belief and the pursuit of dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306823497
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 94,680
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tom Bryant is a music journalist who has written for Kerrang!, Q, and MOJO magazines and the Guardian newspaper, during the course of which he has had an absinthe-fueled sleepover at Marilyn Manson's house, been attacked by the Red Hot Chili Peppers' bass player, and been accused of starting a riot with The Prodigy. Not the Life It Seems is his first book. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Thank You for the Venom ix

1 Give 'Em Hell, Kid 1

2 Early Sunsets over Monroeville 14

3 This is the Best Day Ever 31

4 I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love 44

5 Headfirst for Halos 62

6 Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge 83

7 Party Poison 102

8 I'm Not Okay 111

9 Burn Bright 132

10 Heaven Help Us 143

11 Welcome to the Black Parade 152

12 Hang 'em High 176

13 Planetary (Go!) 190

14 The Jetset Life is Gonna Kill You 198

15 Drowning Lessons 217

16 My Lovenote Has Gone Flat 233

17 Save Yourself 244

18 Danger Days, Here We Come Again 253

19 Look Alive, Sunshine 270

20 Disenchanted 291

21 Dead! 299

Acknowledgements 315

Sources 317

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Not the Life It Seems: The True Lives of My Chemical Romance 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can not believe there is a book!!! Ahhhh i am so happy. MCRmy. Killjoys never die. Xoxo P.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Broken up...Sadly. In 2013. Their last album was called May Death Never Stop You. TBH, I love all of Gerard Ways looks. <p> I'm immortal. Because Killjoys never die. <p> I got a bullet proof heart, you got a hollow point smile. A bullet proof heart? NO WONDER KILLJOYS NEVER DIE! <P> Gerard Way now his own musician, but does Brit-pop intsead of Rock. They say MCR will be back in 2015, but without Mikey Way(Gerards bruh). And because Mikey was the one who named the band, they wo't be My Chemical Romance anymore. They'll just have a new name. Hopefully they'll still be this awesome,@/$ not influenced by the new 'music'. <p> C'mon, guys! Pierce The Viel and 5SOS is taking over! Represent MCR! <P> &#9787 Th<_>&epsilon<_>Blac<_>&kappa<_>Pa<_>&real<_>ade &#9787
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so sad My Chemical Romance broke up! :( I love them though. They are one of the best bands I've heard of. I need to get this book though. #MCRKILLJOYSLIVEON
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was absolutley worth my time... killjoys live on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i was... a young boy... my father... took me into the city. To see a marching band. He said son when... you grow up. Will you be the savior of the broken. The beaten and the dam.n.ed. And will you.. defeat them... the demons. And all the unbelievers. And the plans that they have made! Cause one day! I'll leave you! To join the black parade! ***************** anyone care to add on? ~ pokemon girl :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! For any major fan of the band this book is like a bible. It has all the funny moments you've heard about from interviews and stuff. plus this book goes more into detail. Very personal but i loved reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only way i feel better is when i cut. But my mom is always checking to see if i am. And someone told the counselor at my school that i do it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gerard Way Birthday: 4/9/1977.... Ray Toro Birthday: 7/15/1977.... Mikey Way Birthday: 9/10/1980.... Frank Iero Birthday: 10/31/1981.... I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love release: 7/23/2002.... Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge release: 6/8/2004.... The Black Parade release: 10/23/2006.... Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys release: 11/22/2010.... Conventional Weapons release: 2/5/2013.... the band breaks up: 3/22/2013.... May Death Never Stop You release: 3/25/2014
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so great. It gives enough information to fill the gaping hole in your heart caused by the breakup. So informative and actually super interesting. It will make you laugh and cry. This book gives a deeper and more organized look at the history and lives of Gerard, Frank, Mikey, and Ray. Honestly just so good. AND THERES PICTURES IN THE MIDDLE!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv mcr i wish tthey had a book for P!ATD
Party_Poison More than 1 year ago
God bless
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite song by MCR is 'Helena'. Cx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MCR does not have a song called Never Coming Home, think you probably meant Ghost Of You, where the lyrics "You are never coming home" are part of the chorus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MCR BROKE UP!? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5SOS sucks but Pierce the Veil is flipping amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"He said son when you grow up will you be the savior of the broken,the beaten,and the damned."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well if you wanted honesty thats all you had to say i never want to let you down or have you go its better off this way for all the dirty looks the photographs your boyfreiend took remember when you broke your foot from jumping out the second floor im not okay im not okaay you were me out......come home to the black parade gerard be our leader again
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is NOT lie the bible..thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stop lyibg u as.s hole
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it msde me cry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No ive never heard of them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really? Like the Bible? Cmon. NOTHING is even as close to as good as the Bible is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must agree, despite my beliefs in religion, that this is not anything like the Bible. This book has nothing to do with any religious beliefs, godly, or spiritual. It is simply the book of My Chemical Romance and how they got started and all the in between. ~~Jessie